Medora

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Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora's economy and its pride. The population has slowly dwindled to around 500 people. Drug use is common, the school faces consolidation, and as one resident put it, "This town's on the ropes." Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing the players' stories both on and off the court. The Hornets were riding a brutal losing streak when we arrived, and the team's struggle to compete bears eerie resonances with the town's fight for survival. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back." (c) Official Site

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  • Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart deliver a bleakly potent portrait of life in an economically devastated Middle American town.

    November 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • [A] gently affecting documentary ...

    November 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's doc, exec-produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, is one more sad, serious eulogy for a way of life.

    November 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's utterly impossible not to pull for these boys, or for a film that sees them as complex individuals rather than sociological evidence.

    November 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Eric Hynes

    Time Out
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  • This stellar, incisive slice-of-life doc centers on the kind of crowd-pleasing competition story that lures in audiences and then lays bare heartsick truths about small-town America today.

    November 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Medora is a poignant gasp at the devastation of small town America.

    April 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.0/5 | Full Review…

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